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Let's Play Fallout: New Vegas [The Servant]

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Fallout 3 was a really good start for Bethesda. Sure, the writing was all around pretty terrible and not up to the standards of the series. Sure, there were some rather large low points. (Little Lamplight, Mothership Zeta, the ending, Operat- Well, let's just say there were a lot) However, the game itself was pretty damn cool. You have to admit, despite a lot of it not making much sense, the Capital Wasteland was a well realized world and the game had a very good sense of atmosphere. Exploring was fun and Bethesda used environmental storytelling extremely well in certain areas. The quality was spread around here and there, but there were some seriously amazing segments of the game. (All of Point Lookout, the Dunwich Building and quite a few of the side locations)

Overall, a pretty good start to a reboot of a series that was dead for almost 5 years and, hey, it could have gone a lot worse. So, where does Bethesda go from there?

Well, instead of developing the next game in the series, Bethesda hands off the series to Obsidian. And well, let's just say public opinion of Obsidian is... mixed. Some say that bugs and generally rushed development schedule ruin their games, others say they surpass BioWare in terms of writing. Personally, I really like them and I've thoroughly enjoyed every game they've developed, despite the many, many flaws. (KOTOR II being my favorite, before you ask. Also, Dungeon Siege 3 I have not played and have no interest in playing in. Heard it was at least relatively bug free at least) I was pretty skeptical of New Vegas at first, but when I finally played it, I loved it. New Vegas was by far my favorite game of that year and definitely one of my favorite RPG's ever.

That being said, it wasn't perfect. At the time it was pretty buggy and had a lot of issues. (Heard console versions were/are worse.) A lot of a it has been patched out, but it still isn't great. (Though, I'd argue I've had way more bugs, crashes and general weirdness with Skyrim than either Fallout 3 or New Vegas)

Is this Let's Play screenshot or video?
This Let's Play is a screenshot one, for the same reasons as before. Fallout: New Vegas is just as buggy as Fallout 3 (Or more buggy, depending on your personal experience) and is just as ill suited to video, in my opinion. Still don't have the tech to do so, and besides, I really don't think you would want to hear me commentating on a game.

Will this Let's Play focus on being funny, or actually focus on analyzing the game?
Same as before, I'm still trying to find a balance between the two.

Will you be using any mods/DLC?
Unlike Fallout 3, I will not be using a UI mod or anything. As of update 3, I have a UI mod that I am using, mostly because the PC UI of New Vegas is shite. I do have a radio mod for my own personal enjoyment, but aside from that, nothing. There will definitely be one or two mod showcase updates however, so keep your favorites in mind for when the time comes.

All of the DLC is installed (Including Courier's Stash and Gun Runners' Arsenal) and will be played through.

Will this be in a narrative format, or more in a straight-forward, describe the game style?
I'm going to describe the game through screenshots like before. I will be doing the same thing that I did with Fallout 3 with the log updates and maybe a bit more than that.

Still wanting to stick in character as much as possible.

What's the purpose of this LP?
Much like the Fallout 3 Let's Play, I want to show off the things that this game did well, and the things that it didn't do so well. (Yes, despite New Vegas being one of my favorite games, it has it's fair share of flaws.) Unlike the Fallout 3 LP, where I just went through as a good karma character and that was it. I will be doing every different main quest path in separate playthroughs, and showing off all of the major sidequest and DLC outcomes that I can.

That's a pretty big undertaking, but I do like New Vegas enough to do it.

Will the readers have any say in how the Let's Play plays out?
In the Fallout 3 LP, I only actually asked for opinions a few times. I apologize for that, but since this LP will be covering a good majority of the possibilities in the main quest, I will probably will only be asking for your guys choices for minor things. You will get input on the character alignments and such though.

How often will you update?
The updates will probably be much more staggered than Fallout 3's. I won't have as much spare time as I had before, and like I said, there is a lot of ground to cover with this LP. As a result, I've decided to make my updates longer and more detailed, to make up for the slower pace of updates.

Can I post my own playthrough in the topic?
I encourage you to do so. No, in fact, I beg you to. Different points of view and opinions will seriously help make this an interesting experience. All you need is a decent way to capture screenshots and you're set. Doesn't matter if it's just a couple pictures of your character, or a full on playthrough. It could even be of other Fallout games. Hell, even Tactics or Brotherhood of Steel if you got them. Video, narrative, all of it is good. Even just retellings of interesting experiences you've had with this game. I'll include your posts in the first post if you ask as well.

Anyone who was posting during the Fallout 3 LP can continue to do so, that was partially one of the reasons why I kept it in the same topic.

How are you doing the dialogue?
Same way as I did it in Fallout 3. Everything being said is in game, anything that I added into the conversation myself will be noted beforehand.

Normal quotes are from characters in the game.
Italicized quotes are the player responses.
Anything outside quotes are my personal comments.

No unmarked spoilers in this topic please.

Like last time, I'll need opinions on what kind of character build we will be going with. Just for simplicity's sake, the first playthrough will be Independant. Anything character related other than that is fair game.

The Courier

Mark
Male
Good
Guns, Repair, Speech
Small Frame, Wild Wasteland
S- 4
P- 6
E- 6
C- 4
I- 8
A- 4
L- 8

Intro
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Intro - Shoot the Messenger

Independent/Yes Man
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Independent - Back From the Dead
Independent - Shootout in Goodsprings
Independent - Goodbye Goodsprings
Independent - Danger Ahead
Independent - Toothpicks and Butter Knives
Independent - Fun With Dynamite!
Independent - Shoplifting, Check-Cashing Fraud and Gas Pump Driveoffs
Independent - Back On The Road
Independent - How Did You Think It Would End?
Independent - Rescue Mission (Kinda)
Independent - The Dinosaur Did It
Independent - Obsidian Nightmare Maze #38
Independent - The Nightkin
Independent - Blast Off!
Independent - Picking up the Trail...
Independent - Water, Guns and Power Fists
Independent - Welcome to Vegas!
Independent - On the Road... Again
Independent - Romans and Securitrons (Part 1) (Part 2)
Independent - A Change in Management

Dead Money - Welcome to the Sierra Madre
Dead Money - The Servant

Mr. House
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NCR
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Caesar's Legion
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Miscellaneous Stuff
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Fuck It, Let's Just Run Straight to Vegas
A Short Introduction to Gambling
Slightly Less Suicidal Shortcuts
Exploring the Lucky 38 and The Strip
Dead Money Opening

Other Content

Fallout 3
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I'm game.

AlternatePFG:
Name suggestions? (Best one wins)

Lily. Why?

Gender? (Majority)

Female

Karma/Alignment ?(I'll either go with the games karma system, or alignment if you want to be more specific)

Very Good

Tagged Skills? (Again, if there's an overwhelming amount of people who want a particular skill, that will be chosen)

Small Guns, Barter, Speech

Stats? (Either specific SPECIAL builds or just general archetypes)

Generic run-n-gun build. Which allows for you to get out of situations with the use of speech

Anything else?

Nope. Looking forward to it.

Name suggestions? (Best one wins)

I always do "Lone Wanderer" for boring reasons.

Gender? (Majority)

Female.

Karma/Alignment ?(I'll either go with the games karma system, or alignment if you want to be more specific)

Neutral

Tagged Skills? (Again, if there's an overwhelming amount of people who want a particular skill, that will be chosen)

Small Guns, Repair, Explosives

Stats? (Either specific SPECIAL builds or just general archetypes)

Slide Charisma to 1, boost Perception and Agility to seven, Strength to eight, distribute the rest in any other way.

Anything else?

If it is male, make him have a bright green moustache.

Name: Alice, so that you shall be Alice in the Wasteland!
Gender: Female (obviously)
Karma: Good, so you can side with the Regulators and wear one of those bad-ass dusters!
Tagged Skills: Small guns (out of necessity), Stealth, and Speech as to pull off our sneaky, sexy, gun-toting heroine.
Skillz: Strength 5, Endurance 5, Agility 7, Perception 6, Intelligence 5, Charisma 6, and Luck 6.
Other: Biker goggles, as not wearing a pair with a leather outfit is a major post-apocalyptic faux-pas. And blonde, as we are Alice in Wond-- er, the Wasteland.
Perks: No sexy, sneaky, gun-toting wasteland heroine should be without the Black Widow perk so she can con her employers out of more money before shooting them in the nu-- er, politely accepting her reward (maybe we should be evil after all...)

Done for now! Editing may take place as I think more on it.

EDIT 1: Weapon of choice, scoped .44 magnum, because a revolver fits with the slight wild west/wasteland cowgirl motif and manual scoping will work with sneak for long-range sneak attacks.

EDIT 2 [perks galore!]: Gunslinger, for it's obvious complimentary abilities to our small guns skill; Silent Running to sneak better; and (optionally) Entomologist if we get our science skill high enough because our sexy, sneaky, gun-toting heroine should FUCKING HATE BUGS!

Gender
Male
Karma
Neutral
Tagged Skills
Big Guns, Repair, Speech
Stats
Luck at 10

Female
Gabriel
Neutral karma
Tagged skills: Unarmed, speech and Science

GO around the wasteland and punch everything to death with your bare hands. (Okay so I just want to see you punch a Deathclaw to death but can you blame me?)

I present,

Eduardo Prancibald: Gentleman master of Fisticuffs!

Gender: Male (though it might be hilarious to have a lady named Eduardo)
Karma/Alignment: Very Good (otherwise he would be a scoundrel)
Tagged Skills: Unarmed, Speech, and I-couldn't-think-of-an-appropriate-third-one-so-just-go-with-repair-or-something.
Stats: Strength, Endurance and Charisma have to be above average
Must have some distinguished facial hair.

Also, I want to point it while at the start tagged skills are important, the further we get into the game, we max out more and more skills. Any particular perks that you guys like so that I can keep them in mind when leveling? (I don't do the "+5 to a particular skill" perks. Rather useless, there are skill points a plenty)

Name: Stevenson Jones
Gender: Male
Karma: Neutral/Mildly evil
Tag Skills: Science, Energy Weapons, Speech
Stats: High Perception, Intelligence, Endurance
Perks: Cyborg, Impartial Mediation, Nerd Rage
Other: Give him the Elvis 'do...The idea is that he's something of a mad scientist.

I could really go for a good Fallout LP, one of my favorite environments.

Name: I liked CM156's idea, so go with Lily.
Gender: Female
Karma: The best you can be.
Tagged Skills: Speech, Barter, and Lockpick or Science (Growin' up in the stable makes you want to avoid violence, so you're not gonna have much combat experience)
Stats: Int/Cha heavy, light on str/end

Mostly just try to avoid violence when you can, focusing on more peaceful means to rectify conflicts.

Name: How about "Dictionary"? You could nick-name them "Dic" for short when you get frustrated. Or just use a random word from a Dictionary - it makes things more interesting that way.
Gender: Go for male. They have more interesting character designs.
Karma/Alignment: Bad Karma - how much so is entirely up to you, for entertainment value.
Tagged Skills: Definitely Speech (for interesting dialogue), energy weapons, lockpicking.
Stats: High Charisma, Strength and Luck
Anything else: Obscurely-coloured hair is a must.

AlternatePFG:
Also, I want to point it while at the start tagged skills are important, the further we get into the game, we max out more and more skills. Any particular perks that you guys like so that I can keep them in mind when leveling? (I don't do the "+5 to a particular skill" perks. Rather useless, there are skill points a plenty)

I just edited my post to include some perks to fit the style of character I posted. Also, feel free to add the "Intense Training" perk at level 3 to any S.P.E.C.I.A.L. ability you see fit, since the only other options at that point (besides black widow/lady killer) are "skill" perks.

I'm glad most people are picking good karma. Makes the main quest make much more sense, but would you guys perhaps like to see any opposite outcomes from the major choices we make as we go along?

Name suggestions: Gonna agree with CM156, Lilly

Gender: Again CM156 female

Karma/Alignment: Neutral Good,more specifically Merc, always does good but not with out a price.

Tagged Skills? Small Guns, Lock Pick, Speech.

Stats: Special

S: 6
P: 5
E: 7
C: 6
I: 5
A: 4
L: 4

Da Vinci
Male
Evil
Tag Sneak, Lockpick, and the last one I don't care.
Be a stealth based character, and beat Op Anchorage so you can have the Chinese Stealth Armor and Winterized T-51b Power Armor, for these are the best armors in the game and Chinese Stealth Armor makes being stealthy so much easier.

Oh, and
S 6
P 6
E 5
C 5
I 7
A 6
L 5

Name:
Hunter, its an awesome name and fits my character anyways...
Gender:
male(ghoul would be nice, but sadly....)
karma:
good, but when you check your holster you will find your shiny new 9mm pistol "missing"
tagged skills:
sneak, small guns, lockpick. for versatility
perks:
silent running,sniper,grim reapers sprint
stats:
high precision, good str+end 3 in luck (and 1 or 2 intense training perks to get it up to 5)
apparel:
regulator duster or equally bad-ass coat, hood from oasis so your identity can remain secret, sunglasses, just in case the hood falls off.
weapon of choice:
the sniper rifle is the go to weapon of almost any situation, the Chinese asualt rifle when things get tricky,and the samurai/shocksword for the stealth backstab. finnaly the lincoln repeater for its overall awesomeness.

im preety sure you can get my style of play from the above description. :)

Name: Caeser

Sex: Male

Alignment: Chaotic Good

Tagged Skills: Energy weapons, Small Guns, and Speech

S:5
P:6
E:5
C:7
I:10
A:6
L:3

AlternatePFG:
I'm glad most people are picking good karma. Makes the main quest make much more sense, but would you guys perhaps like to see any opposite outcomes from the major choices we make as we go along?

Hhm... that's a tough question. I'll have to go with no, though. Most people who are going to watch your video have probably played before and likely know the repercussions of the various choices. Plus for you it would mean playing though and editing basically more of what you just got done doing, meaning more effort on your part (not that more effort is necessarily a bad thing, but it's still work.)

I'm actually getting really excited about this now, for some strange, nostalgic reason. I should probably stop posting to avoid attracting more competition.

One last note, I recommend checking out the LP of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords on lparchive.com. It's a screenshot LP like you're doing, and also blends humor and discussion of the game's themes and philosophies. If you haven't made screenshot LPs before, this would be an example of a really good one. If you have, you can still appreciate it for just being really good.

Hope this helps.

Harkonnen64:

AlternatePFG:
I'm glad most people are picking good karma. Makes the main quest make much more sense, but would you guys perhaps like to see any opposite outcomes from the major choices we make as we go along?

One last note, I recommend checking out the LP of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords on lparchive.com. It's a screenshot LP like you're doing, and also blends humor and discussion of the game's themes and philosophies. If you haven't made screenshot LPs before, this would be an example of a really good one. If you have, you can still appreciate it for just being really good.

Hope this helps.

That's actually my favorite Let's Play. Really made me appreciate the game much more, and while I doubt I'll do anything near that level, at the very least I want to compare and contrast the differences in themes between the different games in the series, while centering around Fallout 3.

AlternatePFG:

Harkonnen64:

AlternatePFG:
I'm glad most people are picking good karma. Makes the main quest make much more sense, but would you guys perhaps like to see any opposite outcomes from the major choices we make as we go along?

One last note, I recommend checking out the LP of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords on lparchive.com. It's a screenshot LP like you're doing, and also blends humor and discussion of the game's themes and philosophies. If you haven't made screenshot LPs before, this would be an example of a really good one. If you have, you can still appreciate it for just being really good.

Hope this helps.

That's actually my favorite Let's Play. Really made me appreciate the game much more, and while I doubt I'll do anything near that level, at the very least I want to compare and contrast the differences in themes between the different games in the series, while centering around Fallout 3.

I recently started reading that one myself. Really was just interesting to actually see all the cut content since I can't get the restoration mod for Xbox.

Oh man, I remember trying to play Fallout 3. The copy I had froze on me so I never could play Fallout 3 :(

Alright, these are the stats I ended up with. I apologize if I didn't choose the combo that you particularly wanted, but remember, SPECIAL in Fallout 3 is much less important than it is in 1 and 2 or even New Vegas.

Lily (Thanks for the name CM156)
Female
Good Karma
Small Guns, Speech, Repair (These seemed to be the most commonplace)
S-5
P-5
E-3
C-8
I-10
A-5
L-4

Now, I want to get through Vault 101 in 1 update if I can, so I want you guys to make a small choice.

Edit: Also, please put the choice in spoilers.

Anyone? (Bump)

To avoid getting warned for a low content post, I'd also like to add that I will be doing all of the Fallout 3 DLC. In what order is up to you guys, but for obvious reasons Broken Steel will be last.

Whoo! Can't wait to see this. When do you plan on releasing the first LP? Also, are you going to be posting it here on the Escapist, on lparchive, or somewhere else entirely?

Call yourself Barry Burton have no speach or Barter or science computer or lock picking, its all small guns and unarmed, shoot first ask questions later, alternativly you can just walk around punching deathclaws to death as they beg for mercy. Also only eat sandwhiches

AlternatePFG:
Anyone? (Bump)

To avoid getting warned for a low content post, I'd also like to add that I will be doing all of the Fallout 3 DLC. In what order is up to you guys, but for obvious reasons Broken Steel will be last.

Do you have to do Mothership Zeta?

I'm looking forward only to your commentary in this LP, because if you fail to mention a lore break or inconsistency...I will.

MZ is full of them, but I don't know if I can handle that DLC ever again.

Harkonnen64:
Whoo! Can't wait to see this. When do you plan on releasing the first LP? Also, are you going to be posting it here on the Escapist, on lparchive, or somewhere else entirely?

Nah, the LP Archive is where they archive finished Let's Plays from Something Awful. It will be entirely on this site, though I may link off-site for some extra background info.

Edit: @ChupathingyX: Mothership Zeta is pretty much a must, considering it's canon, if I remember correctly. Much rage will ensue, trust me.

AlternatePFG:

Edit: @ChupathingyX: Mothership Zeta is pretty much a must, considering it's canon, if I remember correctly. Much rage will ensue, trust me.

No, that's not true...that's impossible...aliens did not start the Great War, humans did!

AlternatePFG:
Lily (Thanks for the name CM156)

No problem. I like character names to have meening.

EDIT: Also, there's no need to go max on Int. You can find the Bobblehead for it later in the game.

CM156:

AlternatePFG:
Lily (Thanks for the name CM156)

No problem. I like character names to have meening.

EDIT: Also, there's no need to go max on Int. You can find the Bobblehead for it later in the game.

Eh, I'd rather have as many skill points early on as possible, even if it's just a few extra.

AlternatePFG:

CM156:

AlternatePFG:
Lily (Thanks for the name CM156)

No problem. I like character names to have meening.

EDIT: Also, there's no need to go max on Int. You can find the Bobblehead for it later in the game.

Eh, I'd rather have as many skill points early on as possible, even if it's just a few extra.

Well, considering how quickly you can get to Rivet City, you really aren't losing out on much.

Tell me, are you going to go after the Bobbleheads? And if so, on camera or not?

CM156:
Well, considering how quickly you can get to Rivet City, you really aren't losing out on much.

Tell me, are you going to go after the Bobbleheads? And if so, on camera or not?

Well, I do think mixing up the main quests with some interesting side locations would be for the best. I don't want to get to Rivet City *right* away.

And I don't think I'm going to go out of my way to get the bobbleheads, but if I see one, I'll take it. They have an interesting effect on the game, especially when it comes to min-maxing. Don't know their locations off the top of my head anyway, could use the wiki though.

AlternatePFG:

CM156:
Well, considering how quickly you can get to Rivet City, you really aren't losing out on much.

Tell me, are you going to go after the Bobbleheads? And if so, on camera or not?

Well, I do think mixing up the main quests with some interesting side locations would be for the best. I don't want to get to Rivet City *right* away.

And I don't think I'm going to go out of my way to get the bobbleheads, but if I see one, I'll take it. They have an interesting effect on the game, especially when it comes to min-maxing. Don't know their locations off the top of my head anyway, could use the wiki though.

Make sure you check the wiki if you plan on using Energy Weapons, because the bobblehead for that occurs in the main story, but you lose it forever if you don't get it at the right time.

The Strenght one is pretty easy to get as well.

Also this should be a interesting Let's Play.

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